Family & Children Services

Adoption

Champaign County Job & Family Services works to find loving families for children who need a safe, stable environment to grow up in.

When children are removed from their family due to safety issues, the ultimate goal is always to bring the family back together by eliminating the dangers that caused them to be removed. If the concerns are not able to be corrected and the children returned, then the parents may have their parental rights terminated. When this occurs, the Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services is required to locate a permanent home for the children through adoption.

The Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services is committed to working with Champaign County families who wish to adopt special needs children in the permanent custody of public children service agencies. If you are interested in learning more about the adoption program and the requirements on becoming an adoptive parent, please contact the Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services at (937) 484-1500 and ask to speak to an Adoption and Foster Care Specialist.

Subsidy

Historically, special needs children have been difficult to place in an
adoptive home, meaning these children remained in foster care. Federal law has provided adoption subsidies and medical assistance based on a child’s eligibility as a special needs child. The term special needs in relation to subsidies describes circumstances that may prevent or delay a child from being adopted. The subsidies are intended to support and maintain special needs adoptions both before and after finalization of an adoption. For information on these programs, please contact the Champaign County Department of Job & Family Services at (937) 484-1500 and ask to speak to an Adoption and Foster Care Specialist.